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7 Med proficiency parade

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7 Medical Battalion Group, the elite unit of the SA Military Health Service (SAMHS), presented proficiency badges and certificates during a parade at its...

“Insults” don’t deserve comment – DoD Head of Communication

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The senior communicator at the South African Department of Defence (DoD), Siphiwe Dlamini, told defenceWeb he does not respond to “insults”. This was in reaction...

South Africa hosts China-South Africa Defence Committee

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South Africa has hosted the ninth meeting of the China-South Africa Defence Committee, which marks a continuation of the close defence ties between the...

More soldiers in place to tackle illegal mining

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa used last week’s Free State presidential imbizo to make public the deployment of a further 395 soldiers in the...

Calls for investigation into SANDF’s R5 million military funeral

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The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party has called for an investigation into the R5 million funeral of SA National Defence Force Chief Logistics, Lieutenant...

Junior Staff and Command Course 2023 finishes on a high note

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Over 300 SA Army members, primarily Majors, are en route to become staff officers after making the grade in the 2023 Junior Command and...

SANDF Chief denies allegations of a secret rogue unit but questions remain

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Following media allegations of a secret SANDF “death squad” allegedly involved in kidnapping, torture and murder, the Chief of the SANDF, General Rudzani Maphwanya,...

Two hundred plus army formative officers’ course soldiers make the grade

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The SA Army Gymnasium in Heidelberg, Gauteng, was home to over 200 young men and women aspiring to be officers in the landward force...

Lobese pleads for the underfunding of the SA Navy to stop

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Chief of the SA Navy, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, has begged government to stop underfunding the service as its ability to protect South Africa’s...

DA urges release of SANDF criminal activity report amid ongoing allegations

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The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has submitted a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF)...

Progress being made in fixing SA Navy – Lobese

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Submarine and frigate refits, new inshore patrol vessels and a new hydrographic survey vessel are some of the markers of progress the SA Navy...

Ruth First Detachment graduates from SA National War College

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The last day of November saw 81 SA National Defence Force (SANDF) officers graduate after they were “found competent” by instructors at the SA...

PCDMV calls for urgency on new SANDF strategic direction

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The budgetary review and recommendations report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) has nine recommendations for improving the well-being...

SANDF going the same route as Eskom, SAA and Transnet – Heitman

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Days after SA Army Chief, Lieutenant General Lawrence Mbatha, informed SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General Rudzani Maphwanya, the landward force was combat...

Defence and associated entities’ annual reports cost R1 million plus over three years

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Production of annual reports and financial statements in the defence and military veterans portfolio cost over R1.6 million over the past three financial years. The...

SA military medics kick off first prestige week

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Today (Tuesday, 28 November) marks day one of the first-ever SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) Prestige Week with Surgeon General Lieutenant General Peter Maphaha...

SA Army awards presented at CTC following Ex Vuk’uhlome 2023

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In addition to declaring forces combat ready after a successful end to Exercise Vuk’uhlome last week, SA Army Chief Lieutenant General Lawrence Mbatha honoured...

DoD fraud cases topping a billion Rand under investigation

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Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) heard from outgoing SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Provost Marshal General, Rear Admiral (JG) Mokgadi Maphoto, there...

Gallery: Exercise Vuk’uhlome 2023

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Exercise Vuk’uhlome 2023 reaches climax during Distinguished Visitors Day

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Months of hard work, training and tragedy reached a head on Wednesday 22 November when the South African Army hosted its Distinguished Visitors’ Day...

VIPs at CTC for ex Vuk’uhlome finale

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With the SA Army division level exercise Vuk’uhlome reaching its climax in the semi-desert Northern Cape this week, a gathering of senior military officers...

Money recovered from crime will go to fight crime

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All three main legs of the South African security machine – Border Management Authority (BMA), SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and SA Police Service...

Vacant posts filled in latest round of senior SANDF promotions

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By far the majority of SA National Defence Force (SANDF) appointments/promotions in a 2023/24 bulletin made public this week see senior officers filling vacant...

First Light Modern Brigade deployment will tackle zama zamas

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Stirring words from the officer at the helm of the SA Army during a first light parade at the Combat Training Centre (CTC) set...

Medics ready for whatever may come during Ex Vuk’uhlome

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The SA Army division level exercise Vuk’uhlome is underway at the Combat Training Centre (CTC) in Lohathla, Northern Cape, with as per standard operating...

Forward movement reported on Mzansi Home Guard

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Progress on activation and implementation of the Mzansi Home Guard, first proposed three years ago, was reported to a November meeting of Parliament’s Joint...

Defence budget cuts impact Reserve Force capability, JSCD told

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The reserve component of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is seen as a valued contributor to the “one force” concept and continues to...

Parliament wants to know what’s happening with Chief Defence Reserves

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The non-appearance of Major General Stephen Marumo, the last permanent Chief Defence Reserves, at last week’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) meeting raised...

Air Force Base Bloemspruit hosts SANDF suppliers’ day

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A South African National Defence Force (SANDF) suppliers’ day in Bloemfontein attracted some 900 participants who came to explore economic opportunities with the military. The...

Military Ombud hosting annual symposium

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The South African Military Ombud Office is today hosting its eleventh annual symposium under the theme, “the role of military ombud institutions in promoting...

Subsidised public transport for veterans under the microscope

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The Department of Military Veterans (DMV) seems to be failing on its subsidised public transport benefit for old soldiers. Evidence of this, according to Democratic...

More soldiers deployed to fight illegal mining

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has authorised the employment of 3 300 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), in co-operation with the South...

SAAF’s 508 Squadron sharpens musketry skills

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The men and women tasked with providing protection services to Air Force Base (AFB) Durban and its ancillary facilities spent time honing their musketry...

SEA soldier suspects should pay costs if guilty – FF+

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A Freedom Front Plus (FF+) National Council of Provinces (NCOP) representative could well have opened a door, in legal punishment terms, if Defence and...

November is Army Month with Ex Vuk’uhlome taking the lead

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The runaway fire that claimed six lives and caused extensive damage to SA Army equipment at the Lohathla Combat Training Centre (CTC) a month...

Awards aplenty at MP gala function

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Thirty-plus awards were presented in categories ranging from officer commanding and warrant officer to intelligence and “financial functionary” when the Military Police Division of...

Ramaphosa proud of SANDF and wants more funding, but budget remains stagnant

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President and Commander-in-Chief Cyril Ramaphosa says he wants improved funding for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), but little additional money is making...

SA Military Bargaining Council to be operational in January

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Come January, men and women in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) will have another avenue for service-related grievances. The Military Bargaining Council (MBC), Parliament’s...

Ramaphosa extends deployment of soldiers to fight crime

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President and Commander-in-Chief Cyril Ramaphosa has extended the deployment of 880 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers to assist the South African Police...

Lohatlha fire could have legal repercussions

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Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) raised the possibility of a legal claim against the owners of the land where the...

First monthly military veteran pension payments made

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The “first batch” of approved military veterans received their first monthly pension benefit on Wednesday (1 November), 11 months after the revised benefit for...

SANDF expresses concern over unauthorised use of camouflage

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has voiced concerns over the illicit use of SANDF camouflage material after the surfacing of a viral...

South African SEA suspects repatriated from DR Congo

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South African soldiers apparently involved in sexual abuse and exploitation (SEA) while on United Nations (UN) peacekeeping duty in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)...

Slight increase in medium term defence budget

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South Africa’s Department of Defence (DoD) is getting slightly more funding from National Treasury, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has revealed in his medium-term budget...

SANDF members in the DRC receive UN medals

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Members of 10 South African Infantry Battalion and Tactical Intelligence Unit (TIU III) deployed in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have...

Engineer Formation remains part of rural bridge project

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF), specifically by way of the SA Army Engineer Formation, continues to be a vital cog in national government’s...
Deputy Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thabang Makwetla at the Reserve Force indaba.

SANDF holds second Defence Reserves Indaba

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The reserve component of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) met this month (October) for its second indaba with a ministerial plea for “serious...

South African Air Force Chief highlights challenges of underfunding

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Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo, Chief of the South African Air Force (SAAF), recently spoke to defenceWeb about the challenges faced by the Air Force...

Cubans and “Tiffies” thanked for refurbishing SA Army prime mission equipment

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Last year the SA Army, specifically its Technical Service Corps (TSC) and Project Thusano, “amalgamated” to form a Forward Workshop Detachment (FWD) committed to...

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